Is it possible to make good $$ from home

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Registered: 06-23-2009
Is it possible to make good $$ from home
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Tue, 07-21-2009 - 9:05am

Is it REALLY possible to make decent money working from home? I'm not talking about those of you who have employers who let you telecommute, nor am I talking about those of you who are attorneys or accountants who work from home some or even most of the time. I'm talking about all the myriad of WAH ideas I see scattered all over the place.


I've done direct sales. I did pretty good at it, but I never worked my way up. I ended up quitting because the company made a change that would've cut into my profits even more, and I didn't feel that I could continue to make money at it. And even though I did "pretty good", it wasn't anywhere near enough to "replace your job" as they so often claim. And then I do psychic readings on LivePerson when I'm home. I do well--good ratings and a pretty good flow of clients--but I still might only earn $500 or so a month. That's great for extra cash, but it's by no means enough to replace a full-time income.


One of my girlfriends does one of those remote call center gigs. When you call to place an order from a magazine, your call is routed to people like my friend, who work from home. She makes about $500 a month--again, not too shabby, but certainly not a full-time income.


You look all around the Internet and you see thousands of offers wanting you to "work from home", but are any of these actually legit? Can you actually earn a full-time income from home without any professional skills (and by "professional", I mean like a doctor, lawyer, accountant, etc.)? The only women I've ever known that truly DID make a "full-time income" from home were adult entertainers (webcam girls and phone sex operators). I know that in any business, there will be those women at the top who are earning lots and lots of money, but those are the exception to the rule.


The reason I bring this up is that I encountered someone this past week and we had a conversation. I said that I wished employers were more accommodating of the needs of their employees, particularly those who have children or are caring for aging parents. He said that in a market economy, if your employer is not treating you right, you go somewhere else. If your employer loses enough people, he'll wake up and start implementing more family-friendly policies. My response was that almost EVERY employer treats their workers like wage-slaves and the only way to get away from it would be to WAH. I don't think that many people can WAH and make the same as they would WOH. He said that it is possible to make just as much WAH as WOH. I disagree. Who is right?

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Registered: 06-23-2009
Mon, 08-03-2009 - 10:31pm

A better idea is for a person to go back to school, learn some real skills and get a job.


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Registered: 06-27-1998
Mon, 08-03-2009 - 11:13pm

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I haven't that to be true and I have a job.

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 02-20-2007
Thu, 08-06-2009 - 6:25pm

Even working from home would require you to spend less time with your family, and might not always guarantee flexibility in your scheduling.

Its not possible to make decent money in home-based businesses that are multi-level marketing businesses, such as Amway or Mary Kay. There are, of course, people who claim to get rich in these businesses, but most of them are lying. If it were so great, they wouldn't have to go out and recruit people.

American employers have never been family-friendly. You'd have to move to Europe to find a family-friendly employer. I don't care for American corporate values at all, and since my husband is from another country and has dual citizenship, I am thinking of us leaving here and moving back to where he's from. I don't see any real future in the United States.

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Registered: 07-10-2009
Thu, 08-06-2009 - 8:55pm
Pretty much any at home job that would pay well would require the use of some kind of childcare anyway.
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Registered: 02-20-2007
Fri, 08-07-2009 - 6:03pm

I agree, you'd at least need an occasional babysitter. I would definitely need that, because right now I cannot even have a conversation on the phone without the baby screaming in the background. I would need some help and would also need to be away from home occasionally.

I think some women are looking for a steady stream of income without any interruption in their day-to-day lives - and that is just not realistic.

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Fri, 08-07-2009 - 8:06pm

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Well it's POSSIBLE, just highly unlikely since you would need to do a heck of a lot of recruiting.












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Registered: 01-24-2005
Sat, 08-15-2009 - 7:20pm

I work from home and make between $1500 and $2000 a month.

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Registered: 02-24-2009
Sun, 08-16-2009 - 4:19am
What do you do to make money?
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Registered: 01-24-2005
Mon, 08-17-2009 - 12:02am

I work in Customer Service.

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Mon, 08-17-2009 - 12:58am
Could you be more specific? That's a pretty broad area. How do you manage to deal with customers and supervise preschool-age children at the same time?









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